Bound by diamonds hog tie - wrist and ankle cuffs by Cal Exotics - review by El-Jaro

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Light play only!

I can only recommend this set for someone who is only looking for light bondage or fashion cuffs. It would work better as an accessory to an outfit instead of a restraint system. Thank you, but I'll pass.
Published:
Pros:
Fashionable?
Cons:
Not sturdy at all.
Rating by reviewer:
2
extremely useful review

Use

For a beginner couple, this kit has the potential to work great. One thing is for sure: This isn't for serious restraint. As with a lot of things in life, you can have nice looks or sturdiness; this set looks really, really nice.

This kit would also be good for modeling and could double as jewelry or as part of a cos-play outfit as well. The rhinestones are a nice accent to the piece; with the shininess of the patent vinyl and alloy metal, you're almost there for some Steampunk or Vinyl-Glam.
  • Who / How / What
    [ ? ]
    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Can be worn as jewelry
    • Heavy restraint
  • Where
    [ ? ]
    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Bedroom / on a bed

Design / Craftsmanship / Material / Size / Fit

The design has possibilities, but it just falls a little short for practical applications. The straps that come off the main ring are only a couple inches long. If your arms and legs are on the shorter side or you have poor flexibility, you probably won't feel too comfortable having your arms and legs meet up in your middle somewhere.

The metal feels like aluminum (light weight, not sturdy) and the straps are listed at patent leather with PVC. The package lists the clasps as "alloy", but that could mean anything. They really feel more like duct tape without the glue (and ripped the exact same way with the same amount of force).

The cuff sizing puts a positive light on the kit. They are made of the same material as the strips, but with velcro. They are very much a "one size fits most". I can get one around my lower leg (a diameter of 4" or so). The stitching isn't that great though. I tried pulling the strap off my leg instead of undoing the velcro that runs the whole length of the cuff, with a moderate amount of pull, the strap came right off the cuff. True, this isn't the intended way to remove the cuffs, but during a full session, they wouldn't last.
    • Adjustable
    • Flimsy
    • Will fit most people

Performance

It didn't work well for my uses at all. I had my partner bound up in all four cuffs and ring. She said the position wasn't comfortable for what we had planned.

Once I had her bound up, I asked her "Are you secure?"

TUG. TUG. SNAP!

"Nope."

With just a couple test tugs her left wrist was free.

She did make the comment "It looks like I have the start of my Steampunk outfit now" with the cuffs. I thought the ring with the four strap looked like the potential add-on to a mesh shirt.
    • Does not work well
    • Easy to put on / use

Care and Maintenance

I'm guessing you could just wash them down with soap and water. But they didn't hold up long enough to even get dirty.
    • Easy to clean

Packaging

The Bound by diamonds (rhinestones) came in a typical Cal Ex paper box. Requisite hot blonde on the cover using the product.
    • Not discreet
    • Recyclable

Personal comments

For the $25-30 you might spend on this kit, I would suggest spending your money elsewhere.
Follow-up commentary
All of the pieces have been broken apart now. I would still suggest spending a little more and getting different product.
This product was provided free of charge to the reviewer. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.
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Comments
  • Sammi
    I do think these are more for looks than anything, which is unfortunate.
    Great review!
  • Rayne Millaray
    Yeah, I was offered these, but they'd never make it through a session with M and me so I turned them down. They just don't appear too awfully sturdy.
  • Blinker
    EEP! Cheapity cheap cheap!

    Thanks for reviewing this thing!
  • Illusional
    They do look cheap but I like to cosplay a lot, so I might be purchasing these!
  • DeliciousSurprise
    Sad that these were so... ah... fragile.
  • Loriandhubby
    I love it. so sorry it is d/c
  • Jenny Smith
    Thanks for the review
  • MK434
    Nice review!
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